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Re: Imperial State Crown
Edited by William F on 27/9/2022, 17:24:24
Here is an article about the topic.
From the article it seems even the Indian Government recognizes that the Koh-i-Noor Diamond was purchased legally.
May be because the Indian government recognizes it did not belonged to India, as a country, in the first place.
I wasn't aware that there was a call for the return of the Koh-i-Noor
Not like the call of the return of the Parthenon front from Greece or the King Tut tomb from Egypt.
I agree with what you said. I wonder if this call for the Koh-i-Noor Diamond to be returned will die down? I have seen people online calling for its return but I haven't heard anything from the Indian government officially calling for its return. I don't have any expectations that it will happen.
Maybe not using it in the Consorts crown may take focus away from the issue?
It's a bit of a quibble but the word imperial in the description of the crown is actually a reference to the style and design of the crown. Previously crowns were open and not closed with arches.
The Crown of the Holy Roman Empire was a closed crown with arches and closed crowns with arches became known as imperial crowns.
So I see the imperial in imperial state crown more as describing the style of a crown than referring to the status of Britain as an empire.
But Britain was an empire and it's history of colonialism has been in the news so maybe my point is moot?
Thank you for making that point - which is both valid and important IMHO. And certainly not moot - although it may indeed be moot whether anyone sees any "benefit" over shipping the Koh-i-Noor Diamond back to Delhi, where it may more likely disappear forever into the hidden Swiss accounts of a few rather than find its value in the lives of the actual disposessed. Which is my view at least of the empty PC talk about "equity" when there is no actual "accountability" from the living who demand it of others.
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